'Terroir' is a term often used by French winemakers but what does it mean and what influence does it have on the quality of the wine? Is better 'terroir' just a way of charging consumers more for a wine or is the higher price justified? Here's your chance to find out....
In this fascinating tasting there will 5 pairs of wines (2 white and 3 red) from 5 different French producers. Each pair will feature 2 wines form the same village, same appellation and the same vintage - but the wines from each pair will come from 2 different vineyards. Here is the full line-up:
Jean Luc Meyer Gewurztraminer Alsace 2010
Jean Luc Meyer Gewurztraminer Grand Cru 'Eichberg' Alsace 2010
St Aubin Francoise & Denis Clair Burgundy 2009
St Aubin 1er cru 'Les Champots' Francoise & Denis Clair Burgundy 2009
Savigny-Les-Beaune Domaine Lucien Jacob Burgundy 2008
Savigny-Les-Beaune 1er cru 'Les Peuillets' Domaine Lucien Jacob Burgundy 2008
Chinon 'Cuvee Terroir' Wilfrid Rousse 2009 Loire
Chinon 'Clos de la Roche' Wilfrid Rousse 2009 Loire
Gigondas Domaine des Espiers 2009 Rhone
Gigondas 'Cuvee des Blaches' Domaine des Espiers 2009 Rhone
Before the tasting there will also be a couple of bottles of champagne and some nibbles, and at the end a selection of fine cheses, pates and bread.
This tasting will be limited to 12 people seated round one table (so a bottle of wine per person) and the 'ticket price' is just £32.50.